bacteria in drinking water: Here tap water must be boiled.


A few days ago, the city of Göppingen (Baden-Württemberg) pointed out in a statement that the drinking water in the district of Faurndau is contaminated with germs. Therefore, all households were asked to boil the water once in a fizzy state for health reasons, followed by a cooling time of about ten minutes. The city administration stated that it would inform the population as soon as conditions returned to normal.

In several places in Lower Saxony and in one city in Baden-Württemberg, authorities have asked the population not to drink tap water directly, but to boil it first. The warnings were issued after the detection of health-endangering germs in the drinking water.

In various places in Germany, it was found that the drinking water was contaminated with germs that are hazardous to health. The authorities point out that tap water should not be drunk directly there. It is recommended to boil the water for drinking and for food production first.

Boiling requirement remains for several weeks
Germs: Do not drink tap water directly!

A so-called decoction requirement is currently also in force in the Lower Saxon districts of Clausthal, Zellerfeld, Buntenbock and Wildemann, as stated in a communication from the city of Clausthal-Zellerfeld. There a contamination by Enterokokken was determined.

If the cause is not found, it must be boiled off up to the installation of a filtration plant further. This can take up to three months.

Boil water once bubbly

The cause of the enterococcal infestation is still being determined. If the cause can be determined and eliminated promptly, the boil-off requirement will continue for two to three weeks, according to the city.

As stated in a statement, water used for drinking, preparing food/beverages or brushing teeth must be boiled once before use. The water must then be allowed to cool slowly for at least ten minutes. The consumption of boiled water is harmless.

Also in the district of Peine, a microbiological contamination of drinking water with enterococci has been detected. Therefore, the public health department has issued a decoction ban for the core town of Peine and Telgte. This also applies to food production.

Enterococci belong to the group of lactic acid bacteria, they are naturally found in the human body. Enterococci are regarded as an indicator of faecally contaminated water and can cause infections.

Anyone who wants to switch to bottled water should consider that not every mineral water is suitable for infant nutrition.

Tap water can continue to be used without hesitation for personal hygiene, i.e. for washing, showering and bathing, and also for washing clothes and flushing toilets.

Since in normal coffee machines the water is not brought to the boil, boiled water should be used or the coffee brewed by hand.

The district of Peine would like to point out that salads must be washed and prepared with boiled water (this also applies to the preparation of salad dressings etc.).

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